What To Do With Souvenirs After A Trip?

Nienke Krook

Nienke is a Dutch travel blogger living in London. As The Travel Tester, she is always in search of experiences that enrich life related to nature, culture and food.

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20 Responses

  1. Julie Wetz says:

    I love these shadow boxes. What a great idea!
    I always buy two things when I travel, if I see them: souvenir pennies and postcards. I have boxes for both. But then there are the other things: the pieces of artwork that just appeal to me for whatever reason, or the jewelry. Or the little knick knacks that are scattered around my house. I was just thinking about buying shelves to display these.

    • thetraveltester says:

      Thanks for the nice comment Julie. I know what you mean, I always take postcards and art too, but I need a frame-rotating system for displaying it all (and I haven’t even seen most of the world yet!). The boxes really control my habit of buying everything on a trip, which makes my boyfriend really happy too :)

  2. The Guy ✈ says:

    It is definitely a problem when you’ve been travelling for over a decade. I tend not to get things unless they are a gift for someone else now. Problem is that my fiancee is building up a wide collection of cuddly toys!

    • thetraveltester says:

      You can never have enough cuddly toys, I think! My mother-in-law always gets stuffed animals from all around the world and keeps them in the toilet, haha

  3. www.ShaunsCrackedCompass.com says:

    I never really buy souviners. I keep ticket stubs and pamphlets for places and throw it all in a box that I go through from time to time.

    • thetraveltester says:

      I wish I could do that, saves me a lot of extra luggage :) Unfortunately I’m a souvenirs-slave. And I take all the tickets and brochures with me as well, come to think of it, ahhw!

  4. The shadow box idea is fabulous -
    Great way of keeping all the bits together, and so cohesive :)

    • thetraveltester says:

      Thanks Linda, I also love the way they all look together. I’ve got two more of India and Nepal, will post when I’m back home in the next weeks.

  5. GoYvon says:

    I always buy magnets. I have quite a few now. Although some are here with me in China, some are in boxes in NL…
    I really like your idea of the boxes!
    Lately I have been buying cloth & posters which I can frame.

    • thetraveltester says:

      I like magnets too, they’re on the fridge :) Cloth is a great idea too! Would be great to make pillow cases from fabrics gathered all around the world. Good luck in China!

  6. Aiko says:

    The shadow boxes are so cool!

    I like the idea of just buying one item but haven’t quite decided what item it will be, so I currently have small collections of different items. LOL.
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  7. Karisa says:

    Great ideas here! For all my tickets and small souvenirs I often stick them in my travel scrapbooks. I’ve also turned a little metallic tuk tuk from Thailand into a Christmas ornament. <3
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    • Nienke Krook says:

      That Christmas ornament sounds really cool Karisa! I had a friend who bought an ornament everywhere she travelled too, not always Christmas related, but just quirky items that would go in her tree too, like your tuktuk :D

  8. Adrienne says:

    I always try to get souvenirs that are usable, like food, candies, alcohol, clothing, etc. I wrote about my favorite souvenirs here: http://www.adrienneaway.com/chiles-best-souvenirs/
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  9. Steve says:

    My tip don’t buy souvenirs. It’s a waste of money.

  10. Jon says:

    Of course! I’ll keep it or make a gift for my girlfriend…

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